Michael F. Schmidt, PE, BCEE, D.WRE
What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? Listening has to come first; it’s the most important part. In the thinking phase, we should keep a focus on innovation in all aspects of the job. That way we can deliver work products within schedule and budget.
What’s something people might be surprised to know about you? When I was in college, I worked five jobs while also going to school full-time. I was a lawn service owner, college tutor, assistant on an estate, high school basketball coach, and helped out at my uncle’s ice cream parlor.
What’s your personal motto? I have a few personal mottos. Don’t forget to breathe. Never lose your sense of humor. Always eat to keep up your strength. Keep your fluids going. Sleep is good.
How has your career evolved since you joined CDM Smith, and why? I have learned so much from the legends that mentored me. A wise person once told me to “find what you love to do and do that well”. From my position as Assistant Stormwater Practice Leader, I have had the same basic job ever since, but along the way worked on a variety of projects to become one of our top experts in water resources planning, modeling, design, operations, and public presentations. Another wise person told me to surround myself with smart people and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. The learning experience continues and includes learning at all levels including from the new young professionals joining us today.